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Qualified lipreading tutor in Rushcliffe is on a mission to help others

People who have difficulty hearing can learn how to lipread with help from a qualified tutor.

Helen Barrow who has had hearing loss her whole life, is on a mission to help others.

Helen Barrow.
Helen Barrow.

The 56-year-old, based in Rushcliffe, set up Lipreading.me.uk to teach lipreading, help people manage hearing loss, and to raise awareness.

She said: “Having struggled with hearing loss all my life, I know only too well how every day can be more challenging as a result.”

Classes are online because of covid-19. Face-to-face sessions will be introduced when circumstances allow.

Group and one-to-one and group classes are available for adults of any age, including older people with age-related deafness.

“I have personally experienced how helpful lipreading can be in conversations with people who can hear. I want to help others communicate — for a better, happier and more fulfilled life,” Helen said.

Lipreading enables people with hearing loss to make sense of what others are saying, by identifying and understanding visual clues, movements of the mouth, teeth and tongue, facial expressions, body language and gestures.

Helen, who has chronic glue ear, said she was keen to make spread lipreading skills across the county.

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